Secretary of State John Kerry only has a few days left before he retires to his chateau, but he’s not going to go quietly. In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week, Kerry criticized President-elect Donald Trump for his remarks in a German newspaper where he referred to Angela Merkel’s immigration policy as a “catastrophic” mistake.
Kerry said it was “inappropriate” for Trump to “be stepping in to the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner.”
Trump’s comments in the Bild newspaper caused consternation in the Merkel administration. Her foreign minister denounced Trump’s comments, saying they had generated “astonishment and agitation” throughout the NATO alliance.
At one point in the interview, Trump reiterated his view that NATO was now “obsolete,” thanks to its ineffective stance on fighting Islamic terrorism. He went further, though, in his criticism of Merkel, whom he accused of making an enormous mistake in letting refugees flow freely into Germany. European leaders were also concerned about Trump’s comments on Russia – the president-elect said it was possible that he could work with Putin to eliminate sanctions in exchange for a nuclear reduction deal.
Kerry came to Merkel’s defense, telling CNN that she was “one of the strongest leaders in Europe and one of the “most important players with respect to where we are heading.”
What Kerry doesn’t get is that we’re no longer heading in that direction. The Obama/Merkel vision of our global future is being dismantled before our eyes. It isn’t crumbling because of Vladimir Putin, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, the AfD, or Donald Trump; it’s crumbling because Americans and Europeans are sick of watching their countries deteriorate in service of a globalist scheme.
There is nothing even slightly “inappropriate” about Trump’s remarks; they are fully in line with his campaign rhetoric and fully justified by his position as the next President of the United States. It is Kerry and Obama and the rest of the current administration that should think twice about criticizing Trump. The transition period is a precarious time under the best of circumstances; Trump deserves all the help he can get.
But what would you expect from Mr. Heinz? Kerry thinks it’s perfectly appropriate to condemn our ally, Israel, at the United Nations, so what does he know about what’s best for foreign policy?